The total number of TAs working in English schools is down for the first time ever – but encouraging signs from the MITA project show how a strategic focus on TAs can unlock their potential.
Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants project - EEF trial
The Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) project aims to improve the way TAs are used in classrooms and ensure they make a valuable contribution to learning.
The project is a collaboration between UCL Institute of Education and the London Leadership Strategy, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. The project will formally trial and test the implementation and impact of our programme of strategic input and CPD.
The project is being run as a randomised controlled trial involving 128 schools in four clusters: West Midlands; Suffolk; Portsmouth/Hampshire; and London/East of England. Half of the schools will receive the intervention over 2017/18; the other half will comprise the 'business as usual' comparison group. The intervention consists of our innovative, comprehensive and coherent package of strategic support for school leaders and CPD for TAs and teachers.
An independent evaluation, led by RAND Europe, will formally test the impact of involvement in the intervention on pupil outcomes.
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